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5 Steps To Clean & Maintain Your Essential Oil Diffuser

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

This post is about how to make your oil diffuser last a long time, keep it clean and how to fix it if it stops working or smells like burning plastic. If you are experiencing any of the above with an aroma diffuser that require water and oils, I got you!

I once was in the same boat as you. My oil diffuser ended up clogged and dysfunctional where instead of smelling relaxing scents, I would smell burnt plastic. I tried that trick of vinegar and water thing but it did not work. So I tried another trick and it worked. All you need to do is follow these 6 simple steps to make your essential oil diffuser work and look like new again:

  1. Unplug the diffuser and take the lid/cover off of it

  2. Empty the water tank

  3. Wash the inside with clean water and dish soap and then dry up with a washcloth/paper-towel

  4. Spray rubbing alcohol inside the diffuser and wipe it off

  5. Use a Q-tip for the corners and the hole where the vapor comes through. This will remove any oil residues

Let it stay unplugged and uncovered through the night

Don't forget to clean your essential oil diffuser at least once a week, or as often as necessary. I would still advise you to unplug it, empty it, and keep the lid off nightly or every other night! Let the diffuser breathe.

Still looking for a diffuser? Amongst the EO diffusers I have used during the past few years, my favorite by far is is Pure Spa as it looks really nice, works great, easy to clean, and lasts long. Try it.

Remember to be mindful of how your essential oils affect you and enjoy them!



***The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition***

This recipe uses what are generally considered safe essential oils, but please keep in mind that while completely natural, all essential oils are powerful plant compounds that you and your family (including your pets) might have a reaction to. Never use essential oils undiluted or take essential oils internally (diluted or undiluted) without the guidance of a professional, and always read up about the possible side effects of each type of oil before you use it. Avoid the use of essential oils (diluted or undiluted) during the first trimester of pregnancy, on babies, and on anyone with severe allergies to the plants the oils are derived from. And if you see any reactions in yourself, your family, or your pets, stop use of your essential oil products immediately and contact a medical professional.


When using essential oils, be careful and read the instructions on the label. Misusing essential oils could be harmful.

The topical application of essential oils may prove to be extra beneficial because the transdermal properties of the oil permeate your skin and enter your bloodstream faster. Your olfactory nerve receptors also sense the smell and send signals to your brain.

However, before topical application, you should patch test oils on your skin by rubbing a small drop on the inside of your wrist and letting it sit for 24 hours. If there is no reaction within this time, the essential oil may be safe for you to use. Patch test essential oils every time before using them on children. We do not recommend using essential oils on babies younger than one-year-old.

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The information on this blog is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before using essential oils, particularly if you have any underlying health conditions, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications. Essential oils are not a substitute for traditional medical treatment.

Emmila and its contributors do not assume any responsibility for any adverse effects resulting from the use of the information provided on this blog.

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